A person in King County, Washington, near Seattle, became the first in the United states to die after contracting coronavirus, The New York times reported.
A spokeswoman with the Washington State Department of Health Lisa Stromme Warren stated that a man near Seattle has become the first novel coronavirus patient to die in the United States.
Lisa Stromme Warren, a spokeswoman with the Washington State Department of Health, confirmed the death and said officials with the state and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would be addressing the matter later in the day.
“It is a sad day in our state as we learn that a Washingtonian has died from Covid-19,” said a statement from Washington’s governor, Jay Inslee. “Our hearts go out to his family and friends. We will continue to work toward a day where no one dies from this virus.”
A spokeswoman for EvergreenHealth,Kay Taylor said the person who died was a patient at the organization’s hospital in Kirkland, Washington.
Noval Coronavirus has now infected more than 85,000 people and claimed over 2,900 lives, with signs of a slowdown in China, but outbreaks of the disease taking hold at least 56 countries including UK, US, Italy, South Korea, India and Japan.
The 2019–20 coronavirus outbreak is an ongoing “very high” risk outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) that has spread to multiple world regions.
It is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, China.
As of 29 February 2020, more than 85,000 cases have been confirmed in 62 territories, of which 8,000 were classified as serious.
At least 2,900 deaths have been attributed to the disease and more than 39,000 people have recovered. The risk of it spreading further is very high.